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Baltimore, MD


Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker 2015  
Hippodrome Theatre  
Friday, December 18, 2015 - 7:00 pm alt
Saturday, December 19, 2015 - 1:00 pm alt
Saturday, December 19, 2015 - 5:00 pm alt

Moscow Ballet’s award-winning dancers bring the holiday season to life in Baltimore, MD!


Tickets go on sale now in Baltimore for Moscow Ballet’s celebrated Great Russian Nutcracker accompanied by Conductor Lee Mills leading Concert Artists of Baltimore Orchestra and with American Kodaly Children’s chorus (Saturday only)  at Hippodrome Theatre on Friday December 18,7:00pm and Saturday, December 19, 1:00 and 5:00pm. 

The ultimate holiday tradition for the youngest to the seniors in every family, seeing Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker creates holiday memories that last a lifetime. Moscow Ballet’s company of almost 40 dancers is the only internationally touring ballet group to perform to critical acclaim in over 75 North American cities annually. The renowned, award-winning principal dancers and corps de ballet thrill audiences with their expertise, dramatic expression and stunning leaps, drops and turns. The production is known for its dedication to world peace placing Act II in the “Land of Peace and Harmony,” featuring a cannon that shoots roses and a stunning 2-dancer “Dove of Peace” with a 20’ wingspan. All ages feel the spirit of the season at Great Russian Nutcracker performances through the beauty of romantic hand-sewn costumes, 9 shimmering backdrops with authentic splashes of Russian history and fanciful effects such as; life-sized Matrushka (Nesting) Dolls; a 3-headed Rat King and a Troika Sleigh ride through the magical Snow Forest (with falling snow) escorted by Father Christmas and Snow Maiden.

Tickets start at $46.00. Groups of ten or more and Girl Scout troops receive discounts by calling 800-320-1733. Seniors 65+, Military and AAA discounts are available at the theater box office with appropriate identification. For Gold Circle Gift Package and single tickets call Ticketmaster 800-745-3000 or go to

Moscow Ballet announces auditions for local student dancers to perform beside the pros in Great Russian Nutcracker!


Moscow Ballet announces open auditions on Sun, Sept 20, 2015, 1:00pm for local student dancers, boys and girls, ages 7 to 16 years. Selected children will perform beside the professional company in the Great Russian Nutcrackeron Dec 18 & 19 at the Hippodrome Theatre.The auditions will be at Moscow Ballet local host dance studio The Moving Co. Dance Center, 9954 York Rd, Cockeysville, MD 21030.

Student dancers must have at least one year of ballet training, dress in dance attire and may bring Pointe shoes. Moscow Ballet’s “Dance with Us” program, in its 23rd year, selects student dancers to perform ancillary roles of Party Children, Mice, Snowflakes, Angels, and more. Audition Director Olga Aru will be in town for several days to lead the audition and to rehearse the selected student dancers. “The true highlight of the night was seeing all the Calgary children who... should be congratulated for their very skilled and enthusiastic participation. It really brought the idea home that the Great Russian Nutcracker is a wonderful chance for children to be in a full-length production and experience first-hand an authentic classical ballet from this uniquely Russian company of remarkable performers,” Calgary Herald, 2014. Register at Tickets and more info at

The Moving Company Dance Center (MoveCo, LLC) provides professional dance instruction to dancers of all ages and abilities. In our classes of ballet, pointe, jazz, modern, tap, and hip hop, we challenge and support our students to reach their artistic and technical promise. Our goal is to foster a lifelong love and appreciation of dance and to train well prepared, technically proficient dancers in a warm and nurturing atmosphere. Our classes are small allowing our devoted and accomplished teachers to provide individualized attention. We invite you to come visit us to experience the creative atmosphere and be inspired by the enthusiasm and dedication of our students and teachers.

Local, renowned American Kodály Children’s Chorus performs in live performance Dec 19 at Hippodrome Theatre

altMoscow Ballet “Musical Wunderkind” program, consistent with Moscow Ballet’s mission to provide art enrichment for the local communities in which it performs, features pre-professional award winning vocal groups accompanying dancers in the “Waltz of the Snowflakes” at the end of Act I of the Great Russian Nutcracker.  American Kodály Children’s Chorus, Musical Wunderkind choir in Baltimore, accompanies the Moscow Ballet company Saturday, December 19, 1:00pm and 5:00pm at the Hippodrome Theatre. “Local children as part of Moscow Ballet's "Musical Wunderkind" program was a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” Cleveland Plain Dealer 2014.The rare pairing of young singers and professional ballerinas in front of live audiences teaches performance skills that traditional lessons do not. In 2015 there are Musical Wunderkind choirs and soloists in 25+ cities on the 80 city tour.  More information and tickets at

The American Kodály Children’s Chorus (AKCC) is dedicated to offering high quality music training in a nurturing environment to children in the greater Baltimore metropolitan area. Current choristers range from age 8 to 18 and attend public, private and home school programs. The chorus strives for excellence by providing students with vocal pedagogy-based choral and solo singing instruction.  The chorus is in residence at the Bryn Mawr School and is administered by Dr. Alyson Shirk. In addition to her work at AKCC and Bryn Mawr, Dr. Shirk is a frequent choral clinician, adjudicator, and master class teacher. The AKCC is excited to be a part of the Moscow Ballet’s performance of the Great Russian Nutcracker at the Hippodrome Theatre in Baltimore.

"Sheer splendor and elegant dancing."
Baltimore Sun


The Hippodrome Theatre, now a part of the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, first opened its doors in 1914 as a movie palace. Vaudeville performances were held there, too, featuring such legends as Red Skelton and Benny Goodman. The building underwent renovations in the early 1960s, reopening with the regional premiere of the film Cleopatra. The theater was closed for a short time in the 1990s, as the venue's popularity waned.

Today, the Hippodrome has regained its popularity and regularly hosts a variety of events, from Broadway productions to concerts to comedy shows.


Concert Artists of Baltimore

“Count on Concert Artists of Baltimore to keep things interesting.” — Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun


Founded by Edward Polochick and now in its 29th season, Concert Artists of Baltimore (CAB) consists of a professional chamber orchestra and professional chamber chorus. The full ensembles are featured in The Maestro Series, with performances this season at the Gordon Center For Performing Arts and St. Pius X Church.

CAB also offers chamber music, The Mansion Series, with performances at The Engineers Club at the Garrett-Jacobs Mansion. This series showcases smaller forces, such as a quartet or small vocal group, and often features unique repertoire.

The orchestra and chorus are frequently hired for performances throughout the region by other organizations, including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Lyric Opera Baltimore, Moscow Ballet, the Baltimore Basilica, Temple Oheb Shalom, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, McDaniel College, St. Louis Church, The Holocaust Museum, The Visionary Arts Museum, The Greek Orthodox Church of St. George, and Catholic Charities. When larger forces are needed, such as when the singers of Concert Artists perform Messiah with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra each year, the chorus expands to the Concert Artists Symphonic Chorale.
The 2014-15 season featured a groundbreaking collaboration with the Baltimore Rock Opera Society at 2640 Space, a partnership that continues with Convergence Maximus II: Operatic Overdrive in February 2016.

The mission of Concert Artists of Baltimore is to present classical music performances of well-known and lesser-known composers by an elite professional chorus and chamber orchestra, thus providing a visceral music experience to audiences in the Greater Baltimore Metropolitan Area. In 2015 Concert Artists of Baltimore was one of 20 Baltimore arts organizations chosen by the DeVos Institute through a competitive application process to participate in “Capacity Building Baltimore”.

altConductor Lee Mills was recently appointed as Assistant Conductor to the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra;  was named winner of the Solti Foundation U.S. 2014 Career Assistance Award and is internationally recognized as a multifaceted and energetic conductor. At the invitation of Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Music Director Marin Alsop, he received the prestigious BSO-Peabody Institute Conducting Fellowship in 2011. Mr. Mills was founding Music Director of the Divertimento Chamber Orchestra in Walla Walla, Washington, and Music Director of the Towson University Symphony Orchestra. His recent conducting engagements include Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Gran Teatro La Fenice, Bozeman Symphony Orchestra, and Concert Artists of Baltimore with Moscow Ballet. In spring 2013 Mills conducted the Gran Teatro La Fenice in Venice productions of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, and Così Fan Tutte.

Recently, Mr. Mills was featured in a master class with David Robertson and the St. Louis Symphony during the 2013 League of American Orchestras Conference. He was subsequently invited to conduct alongside Maestro Robertson in the highly acclaimed U.S. Premiere of John Cage’s 30 Pieces for 5 Orchestras with the Saint Louis Symphony. In 2012, Mr. Mills was selected by Aldeburgh Music to serve as Conducting Fellow for the Britten Pears Orchestra, and he was also invited from out of 400 applicants to participate in the highly selective Sir Georg Solti International Conducting Competition in Frankfurt, Germany, where he conducted and worked with the Alte Oper Frankfurt Orchestra.


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